Charmed (2018 series)Latest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Why "woke" TV reboots don't work: "Diversity isn’t a varnish you can apply to what’s familiar"
Past TV shows rebooted to emphasize diversity, like Charmed or the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot are bound to be problematic, says Emma Grey Ellis. "This is where the of vast majority of woke-ified reboots fail," she says. "They respond to calls for change by retreading old ground—an insulting move on a few different levels. Reboots, remakes, and sequels abound because they’re easy to get greenlit: Executives feel safer shelling out cash for things they know have worked before, things that have a built-in audience. Which is already unsatisfying, but somewhat worse when you consider that many of these reboots have female showrunners and/or showrunners of color, some of whom have explicitly stated that doing a remake of an existing show is the only way to get their stories greenlit. The implication: Stories about women and minorities aren’t seen as marketable enough to stand on their own, unless they are standing on the shoulders of a story by and for white men. Which, even just from a box office numbers standpoint, is plainly wrong."
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil is headed to Charmed for Gina Rodriguez-directed episode
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Camil's guest role will also reunite him with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, who co-created Charmed.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
The CW picks up Charmed for a full season, orders three more episodes of All American and Legacies
All three of The CW's new fall dramas have been given additional episodes. Charmed has been given nine more episodes for a freshman total of 22. Legacies and All American each received three more episodes, bringing each of their freshman seasons to 16 episodes.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Network TV's new revivals and reboots are doing pretty well: The Conners is among network TV's Top 10 non-sports programs
So far, the "latest crop of retreads" are performing anywhere from solid to spectacularly, according to Josef Adalian. The Conners doesn't have a Roseanne-level audience, but it's among the Top 10 non-sports shows on TV this season. Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, meanwhile, is still going strong on Fox, averaging 9.8 million viewers. On The CW, the Charmed revival is outperforming lead-in Supergirl and other network staples such as Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning. The much-hyped return of Murphy Brown didn't have a "wow" number when it launched to 7.5 million viewers, but it has retained 90% of its same-day viewership. Finally, Magnum P.I. is delivering more viewers than ABC's picked-up rookie dramas A Million Little Things and The Rookie, but it's still below CBS' other new dramas and NBC rookies Manifest and New Amsterdam.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
TV has shown three instances of witches cutting their hands open for blood magic in the past week
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, American Horror Story: Apocalypse and Charmed all featured the same scene that "is as disturbing as it is idiotic," says Brian Moylan. "Yes, I get it, sometimes there is no substitute for the sanguine when it comes to making a spell work, but why, exactly, does everyone have to slice their palms open in the same ludicrous and destructive way?" he adds. "It’s even worse than a death by a million paper cuts: No one is going to die this way, but they are going to be stuck with a throbbing gash in the center of their hands for weeks."
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Shannen Doherty CW's Charmed critics: Stop being so mean!
"I have seen a lot of people be very mean and very negative and cruel to the new show and the new cast," the original Charmed star said at Comic-Con Paris. “I want to remind everybody that these are three girls who just want to act. They got a huge opportunity, and I would implore everybody to be a little bit kinder.”
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Alyssa Milano talks Insatiable backlash, says she would might leave the Georgia-shot show if Republican Brian Kemp is elected governor
Citing reports that Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state, is suppressing the vote, Milano tells Vulture: "If this man is elected I am going to have a very hard time going back to Insatiable and feeding their economy with my industry, and I would also hope that the 20 other productions that are in Georgia would also find it to be very difficult to go back there and feed their economy with such blatant voter suppression." Milano also addresses the backlash to Insatiable, saying she was surprised by the trailer, which she found not at all indicative of the show. "Honestly — and this might not be what people want to hear that did protest so hard against the show — I personally feel like the protest helped because it created this hype around it so that people had to say, 'Oh, I need to check this out and make sure it’s as bad as I think it is for 90 seconds,'" she adds. "And once people gave it an opportunity and realized that it was so much more, I mean the show was huge for Netflix, we got picked up within a month." Milano also discusses the Charmed reboot, saying "we were all incredibly hurt by the way in which it went down and how we were not included in the process from the beginning." Would she make a cameo on the reboot? "That ship has sailed," she says.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
Charmed boss regrets not reaching out to the original cast members
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"In retrospect, you wish that we had all had conversations and had reached out," says showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman. "I do, (at least,) only because of all of the feelings that got excavated once that happened. Then you look back and you realize, this was such a huge part of their lives for so long, of course they're feeling like, 'Oh my gosh, it's being taken in a direction without me.' But hindsight is 20/20. We understand their feelings, and at the same time we want to give these women — who are starring in the reboot and who have really strong voices — an opportunity to be the heroes of the story, and an opportunity to do their version of the show. It’s always tricky when you take a property that has existed and, I can only speak for myself, but I just wasn’t fully aware of all of the deep, emotional ties and the feelings that came out of that — really human feelings. So I would like to do better if there’s better rebooting in my future, who knows." ALSO: 10 times the Charmed premiere honored the original series.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 4:02PM EDT
Charmed's premiere holds on to its Supergirl lead-in, but it came in well shy of the original's series finale
About 1.54 million watched the premiere of the Charmed reboot on The CW's new Sunday night. The original Charmed exited to 4.49 million on The WB in May 2006.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Charmed wears its woke heart on its sleeve
Source: Vanity Fair
From its Hillary Clinton-inspired "Stronger Together" slogan to its use of #MeToo posters to its "it's a reckoning" line, the Charmed reboot makes it very apparent that it's a woke and feminist series. "This hammering lack of subtlety isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the original Charmed was hardly understated, and its stars will be the first to say that it was plenty feminist as well," says Laura Bradley. "Still, it’s tough to know how seriously the CW version takes itself—and that’s a question it should try to answer, since the original Charmed worked largely because it was so unabashedly cheesy." She adds that Charmed boss Jennie Snyder Urman and her co-producers "have proven on Jane the Virgin that they know how to run a house filled with strong female characters—but that show’s earnestness feels incompatible with the world of Charmed, at least as the show was originally conceived. The premiere’s funniest, most memorable scenes largely come courtesy of (Rupert) Evans, who is clearly having a blast as the whitelighter—enough to make you wish the rest of the cast could lighten up a little. Especially in such a girl power-driven series, it’s a bit of a bummer to see the bulk of the show’s punch lines handed off to a guy. Then again, maybe the Vera sisters will have more jokes to make once they’ve had time to accept their mother’s death and enjoy their newly discovered powers."
- Charmed is plagued by issues both aesthetic and cultural -- the dialogue feels forced and the rhythm is jarring
- Charmed feels decidedly 2018: It's taking its duties as a feminist witch story for a new generation very, very seriously
- Charmed's goal seems to have the opposite problem of the original: It's trying to hit too many beats in 40 minutes
- Some of the effects are legitimately good, but some effects resemble the low-budget effects of the original series
- Charmed would stand a chance if it ditched the clunky humor
- Charmed has been branded as a Latina reboot, but only one of the actresses is actually Latina
- Why it's okay that Charmed's Latina characters aren't all played by Latina actresses
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
The CW orders more scripts for Charmed, All American and Legacies
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In what amounts to votes of confidence for three new shows, The CW has ordered five additional scripts for Charmed and All American, and three extra scripts for Legacies.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Charmed reboot hints at a connection to the original series
A new trailer for The CW reboot teased a connection with the character Melinda Warren, who frequently appeared on the original series.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Shannen Doherty is very excited for the Charmed reboot, unlike her former co-stars
Doherty, who starred on Charmed's first three seasons, didn't like the “fierce, funny, feminist" wording when the reboot was first announced in January. But now she's all for it, expressing more positive opinions than her former co-stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs. “I think it's great. I think it's awesome,” she said at Stand Up to Cancer benefit. “I think second lives are amazing, so I'm all for it… I'm happy to see that a show, that back then was all about strong women who supported and loved each other, is now coming back again in this day and age. It's about female empowerment again -- not that that's something new. Charmed originally was that too. But I think it's wonderful, you know? And it's providing a lot of jobs for people, and I honestly, I just wish them well. And I hope that everyone just gives them a chance.”
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
Charmed reboot releases two new trailers
One focuses on the bond between the sisters, while the second focuses on the supernatural aspect of The CW series.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Alyssa Milano wishes the Charmed reboot would've approached the original cast
"I wish that they would have come to us and we would have been involved since the beginning," Milano tells Entertainment Tonight. "But having said that, I do hope that it reaches the newer generation and impacts that generation the way ours was able to do for its generation." Would she be willing to make a cameo or direct an episode? "I don't think so," she says. "I think that that ship has sailed for me." ALSO: Why is Target still selling original Charmed dolls?